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Tuesday, October 15 2019 - 22:00
LyondellBasell Announces Construction of New Small-Scale Molecular Recycling Facility
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands and HOUSTON, Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

-- The new facility complements the company's existing mechanical recycling 

LyondellBasell ( 
) today announced that it is building a new small-scale pilot facility at its 
Ferrara, Italy site moving another step closer to converting post-consumer 
plastic waste into new plastics on a commercial scale. The company selected its 
Ferrara site for the pilot facility due to its long history of research and 
development, including catalyst development. 

Through its collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 
LyondellBasell's proprietary molecular recycling technology, known as MoReTec, 
has shown that use of a catalyst in the pyrolysis process, or the structural 
breakdown of plastic waste into molecules, is faster and more energy efficient 
than traditional chemical recycling. 

"We have advanced our chemical recycling capabilities over the last 15 months, 
and through research and testing we are studying a number of LyondellBasell 
proprietary catalyst options," said Jim Seward, LyondellBasell Senior Vice 
President of Research & Development, Technology and Sustainability. "In 
addition to continuing the development of our catalyst options, our investment 
in a small-scale pilot facility will help us to advance MoReTec technology 
towards commercial scale in our quest to achieving a true circular economy."

LyondellBasell's MoReTec technology has the goal to convert typically difficult 
to recycle plastic waste such as multi-layer films, returning them to their 
molecular state to be used as feedstock to produce new plastic for all 
applications including food contact and healthcare items. While MoReTec is 
based on chemical recycling, it also includes a proprietary catalyst-based 

LyondellBasell believes this approach has significant potential due to its 
lower energy use and faster chemical conversion process which uses less heat.

In the coming months, LyondellBasell will continue its construction of its 
pilot facility at Ferrara, while also focusing on the interaction of various 
waste types on the molecular recycling process, catalyst selection, and process 

The development of molecular recycling is just one of the three ways 
LyondellBasell is advancing sustainable solutions as it relates to plastic 
waste. LyondellBasell is also actively involved in mechanical recycling through 
its Quality Circular Polymers ( 
) (QCP) joint venture with SUEZ, which converts post-consumer plastic waste 
into new plastic pellets that are used in applications ranging from electrical 
appliances, washing detergent bottles and suitcases. Additionally, 
LyondellBasell has produced new bioplastics from 100% renewable raw materials 
such as cooking and vegetable oil waste, which can be used to create items such 
as food packaging, toys and furniture.

About LyondellBasell
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and 
refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, 
LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing 
solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight 
and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through 
stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel 
efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe 
and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells 
products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of 
polymer compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2019, 
LyondellBasell was named to Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most 
Admired Companies." More information about LyondellBasell can be found at

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